The HCN has been designed to deliver more capacity and improve reliability of service offering seamless broadband experience to users. Resource companies operating within the LNG corridors together with the remote and rural communities in the rugged terrains that rely heavily of satellite communications can now have access to this national transmission link.
The first phase was made operational before the 2015 Pacific Games to carry all the free WiFi traffic as a test run and has passed all the mandatory technical test. In July, communication links in the Highlands were migrated onto the HCN with positive feedback from clients in the region concluding phase two.
With local engineers working alongside the global vendor – Aviat Networks ltd to build the HCN, the team achieved a milestone to build the longest hop in the Pacific region spanning 142.12 kilometers between Mt Favenc and Mt Uro in the Gulf province in the third and final phase. Our local engineers were also able to achieve 100% link alignment between the two sites at that distance to provide spot on receive signal level (RSL) between two towers.
Paose Are, Telikom PNG Manager Radio Project said while engineers continue to tweak and optimize the links for optimal performance, redundancy testing carried out has so far produced positive results. He said emphasis is now being placed on completing the microwave link between Lae and Madang to complete the microwave ring.
He added that last week the team handed over the network documentations to the regional network teams in Goroka, Mt Hagen, Lae and Madang following the completion of the project.
Are spoke highly of his team of local engineers for their commitment, expertise and zeal to explore the unknowns in building a full IP 14+2 trunk radio system in the Oceania region. He also thanked the Telikom Management and the Board for having the foresight to approve and invest in such an important nationalinfrastructure project, allowing us to better serve the country.